When leaders and people of influence use their platforms to support a social issue, the world notices and others are inspired to do the same. To honor this impact, we’re celebrating the people using their cultural positions to amplify important causes in our Anthem Leaders series.
Regina King believes that art can shape public opinion, and she takes this very seriously in her work. She’s made a commitment to aligning herself with politically conscious projects, selecting work that both holds a mirror up to society and amplifies issues that are important to her, while also using her platform as a fearlessly outspoken advocate for anti-racism and intersectional inclusivity and advocating for gender parity in film and television.
Actor, director, screenwriter, and activist Rahul Bose has been a passionate voice speaking on the climate crisis, environmental justice, humanitarian aid, and diverse social issues, and was a prominent figure in #LockdownOnDomesticViolence, a digital campaign against domestic violence that spread awareness on the increase of intimate partner abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nadia Murad is a member of the Yazidi minority in Kojo, northern Iraq. In 2014, when she was 19 year old, the Islamic State (IS) destroyed her homeland in Sinjar to ethnically cleanse Iraq of all Yazidis, killing several hundred people — including her mother and her six brothers — and abducting the young women from her small community. Since her escape from captivity, she has shared her powerful story to raise awareness of the genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people while advocating for justice for survivors of sexual violence. Her charitable organization, Nadia’s Initiative, has created community-driven and survivor-centered programs to rebuild communities in crisis, promote long term peace-building, and advocate for governments and international organizations to support efforts to rebuild Sinjar, seek justice for Yazidis, improve security in the region, and support survivors of sexual violence worldwide.
Indya Moore embodies what it means to use your platform for good. The Afro-Taína actor, model and activist has been outspoken about the autonomy and joy that queer & trans people of color are entitled to and the importance of a mutually supportive foundation of people uplifting disabled communities, sex workers and queer and trans people of color. They center the best interest of mutual safety, growth and love in their work, fearlessly advocating for intersectional inclusivity. “Indya is, by nature, a really inquisitive person and someone who genuinely wants to see the world be better,” said Steven Canals, co-creator of Pose on FX. “That’s clear in all of their activism and in the way they use their platform.”
Angelina Jolie broke her social media silence with an urgent message on behalf of the Afghan people whose rights are being eroded in the midst of the Taliban’s rapid takeover. “Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely,” she wrote. “So I’ve come on Instagram to share their stories and the voices of those across the globe who are fighting for their basic human rights.”